The Swiss company Jaeger-LeCoultre has been at the forefront in revolutionizing the watchmaking industry by designing timeless innovations for nearly 200 years. The company was started as a small workshop by Antoine LeCoultre in 1833. Antoine was a brilliant inventor of timepieces who has a number of achievements and awards to his name. One such example is a gold medal from the 1851 London Universal Exhibition. He is accredited with pushing the boundaries in watchmaking, hence improving the levels of accuracy when determining time.
The 19th century also saw his son, Elie LeCoultre come up with the watchmaking firm in 1870, called LeCoultre & Cie. This firm is accredited with manufacturing over 350 different calibres; 128 chronological functions and over 100 with repeater functions. 1903 saw the birth of the Jaeger-LeCoultre brand, thanks to the friendship of the founder’s grandson, Jacques David LeCoultre and a Parisian, Edmond Jaeger. The company successfully launched the Dupplan watch, Atmos clock (1925), and the iconic Reverso watch (1931).
Jaeger Le-Coultre watches have continuously been introduced to the market and we decided to share what we think are the top 10 in the company's history.
1. Master Ultra-Thin Moon Automatic Men’s Watch
Made of a combination of stainless steel and black alligator strap, this round shaped watch is stylish and classy. It has a fixed stainless steel bezel, a black dial with silver tone hands, and index hour indicators. A thebe minute marker is on the outer rim. Its dial type is automatic and combines date and moon phase sub dial. Its crystal sapphire display is scratch resistant, while the back case is transparent. It is water resistant at 50 meters, has a double folding clasp and a case diameter of up to 39 mm. The watch also comes with a 2 year warranty.
2. Reverso Classic Lady Small Duetto
With an emblematic appearance for a more feminine facet on its back, this timepiece presents slightly enhanced proportions to ensure the wearer is comfortable. The case is made up of pink gold, with an overall thickness of 8.7mm. Its front functions include the hour and minute hands. It also has a power-reserve of up to 38 Hours, a front dial made up of silvered guilloche, and vertically brushed black transferred numerals. The back dial is made of black guilloche and sunray-brushed frosted numerals. The bracelet is made of black alligator leather and a double folding buckle of 14.0 mm.
3. Memovox Deep Sea Master Chronograph
This watch’s design is inspired from the 1959 Memovox Deep Sea model. It comes with a chronoflight onboard instrument which changes in different modes; white signifying ready for use, red/white in operation and red for stopped. The high-tech case in reinforced cermet, that consists of aluminum, titanium and ceramic reinforcement. This brings out incomparable properties of lightness, resistance, and stability. It has a skeletonized baton hand, black matt and luminescent numerals. The straps are made of a high tech material and a pin buckle.
4. Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Calendar
This watch combines both class and the finest tank-style of watches in the world. It gives you time, day, date and moon phase thanks to the Swiss mechanically manual wound calendar. Its 843 movement's workings are visible through the handsome reversible case. Flip the Reverso's face back and forth and just look at horologically sleek it is.
5. Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control
Introduced in 1992 in order to sanctify Jaeger-LeCoultre’s six week series of tests called “1000 Hours Control," this watch comes with a master-inspector. The watch case has a gold seal bearing with an individual test number. A sunburst silver-toned dial has three of the dial’s four cardinal points. The Dauphine hands indicate hours and minutes, assisted by a baton-type seconds hand. The 39mm case houses a caliber 899 automatic movement giving the watch up to 43 hour power reserve. This is because the watch utilizes a number of new technologies, ceramic ball bearings, and a 22K gold rotor visible from the sapphire case back.
6. Master Control Ultra-Thin 1907
With only 4.1 mm thickness, movement of 1.85 mm, the ultra-thin timepiece is truly exceptional. Its design is based on a 1907 Jaeger-LeCoultre pocket watch. Hand-wound, the Caliber 849 movement gives close to 35 hours power reserve. It has a 39 mm pink gold case, dauphine hands and an alligator leather strap. The white dial provides the owner with a remarkable balance and perfection. Without a date window and a second hand, this timepiece has only two dauphine hands; hour and minute.
7. Grande Reverso Ultra-Thin Q2782560
Grande Reverso Ultra-Thin was introduced to the market in 2014 and mirrors the maker’s continuous improvements in contemporary technology; the ultra-thin case. It has a pink gold case and a chocolate-toned dial and a case of 27.4 mm in width. The dial is the classic arrangement with 12 o’clock numeral and the other hours shown by baton-shaped hour-markers. The hour and minute hands have a dagger-type profile. The movement is manually-wound, with a power reserve of 45 hours. It has the matt brown alligator leather straps which are durable and supple.
8. Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Moon
The moon phase provides an extraordinary degree of accuracy; one day to 972 years. Being a watch for women, it comes with a graceful and quirky design; elongated numerals and generous diamond-setting. There are two sizes of this watch: 36 mm and 39 mm each with blue satin strap. However, the 36-mm version has a dial with blue numerals and 166 brilliant-cut diamonds. The 39-mm version has a guilloche-crafted dial coated with blue lacquer, enhanced by 208 brilliant-cut diamonds. Both timepieces come with an automatic Calibre 935 movement, with 43 hours’ power reserve. Their cases are in white gold.
9. Rendez-Vous Night & Day Q3468121
This watch features a very unique day and night indicator adding to its sophistication and elegance. The Guilloche dial is encircled by easy-to-read numerals. It also features a 29mm steel case housing an automatic mechanical movement, sapphire crystal front and back. The bezel is surrounded by 60 brilliant cut diamonds of about 0.42-carats. A silver stainless steel bracelet complements the watch’s luxurious look not to mention it’s water resistant up to 30 meters.
10. The Geophysic World time - Q8102520
This timepiece is designed with travelers in mind and comes presented with a rose gold finish. The white crisp dial displays the intricate detailing of the map of the world. A good thing about this watch is that it adjusts automatically with less involvement from the wearer. Local time can be adjusted, independently of the minutes and seconds protecting time precision. Upon setting the universal time, the wearer no longer needs to be adjusted whilst traveling. It comes with a brown alligator strap making it a perfect travel companion.
Written by Garrett Parker
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